One of the best things I ever did in my whole life was quit my Ph.D. - I now work in consulting and I have no regrets!
@Sallymander Yeah. I basically thought that I'm happy that I'm not quite that pathetically insecure.
@AitchBee I have that reaction to most things that are supposed to be about "being young and broke in New York".
@emmy My two cents -- I like the writing style. It makes this potentially-serious topic feel more accessible.
@j-i-a Oh I should also add that the adjuncts at Michigan have a great union, and so do the grad students. GO UNION TOO
I can't adjunct anymore. I got laughed at by my department chair for asking for a raise last semester. Literally. She giggled. (I have a PhD + MA in English, been teaching for 10 years, have had perfect teaching reviews and consistently high evaluations.) I was making $11/hour. Not being paid for the hours I spent every week conferencing with/advising students. I did have my own office with my nameplate on the door, however. That's something. Time to find something else to do with myself. Sadly, what my chair told me when I made my decision to leave is true: "There's plenty of other PhDs lined up to take your place." Maybe no one should be in line. Feels like they're crossing a picket line, personally. The worst? Retired folks who take up adjuncting as a lark to entertain themselves during retirement. Step off, people. You're making things worse.
I'm an adjunct. $21,000 a year would, at this point, be a massive raise.
@jenfizz Hear, hear. Let's start a club where we alternately complain about Sallie Mae and write love letters to Woody.